‘Not easy to get Dawood back; he’sunder protection’

Mumbai: Former Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar today said here that it was not easy to bring back fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, because he was receiving patronage of the “enemy country”.
He also said that the recent arrest of Dawood’s arch-rival Chhota Rajan may not help much in this regard.
“We can’t say it’s because of (help by Pakistan’s spy agency) ISI or because of the lack of political will of the country (India). If he is still out of our clutches, it’s because he is under the patronage of enemy country. And it’s not a cakewalk to bring such a fugitive don back in such cases,” said Kumar, without naming Pakistan where Dawood is suspected to be hiding.
Kumar’s book ‘Dial D for Don’ was today released here in the presence of former Mumbai police commissioners Julio Ribeiro and Satish Sahni, and senior journalist Hussain Zaidi.
Kumar added that the Indian government had made all possible efforts to bring Dawood back, and one day it would succeed.
The book is in the news with Kumar’s disclosure that at one point in the 1990s Dawood wanted to surrender.
“I had three telephonic conversations with Dawood in 1994 when I was probing the 1993 serial blasts in CBI, and one conversation in 2013 during the my last days in Delhi.
“I am not sure if the person at the other end was Dawood Ibrahim but I have a strong feeling that it was him,” said the 1976-batch IPS officer. Kumar further said he took the initiative to speak to the fugitive gangster because (Dawood’s aide) Manish Lala had informed him that Dawood wanted to make his stand on the blasts case clear.